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Eastern Michigan University

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The curator for Design and Science, Leslie Atzmon, teaches at EMU; she is a designer, design historian, and design critic. Atzmon also co-curated Open Book: An International Survey of Experimental Books, and was awarded an NEA grant to run experimental book workshops and produce The Open Book Project book with colleague Ryan Molloy. She did a Fulbright fellowship in London, UK in 2016 at Central Saint Martins on the topic of Darwin and design thinking. She recently co-edited the anthology The Graphic Design Reader (Bloomsbury 2019), and is editing the book Design and Science (Bloomsbury 2020), which is related to the Design and Science exhibition. Atzmon and Molloy were also awarded a Sappi Paper Co. Ideas that Matter Grant (2017)—supporting design for non-profits—to rebrand Ypsilanti, MI’s Riverside Arts Center as a community arts hub.

Design and Science Exhibition and Events

Design and Science investigates overlap between design and science through projects that merge design and science through biodesign, present “pictures” of data about natural systems, or connect design and science through 2-D and 3-D “thinking” models. In biodesign living organisms are incorporated into design projects; biological systems may also be configured as a constituent of design. Data from nature is often a source for design. Data manifestation is scientific data manifested as objects and environments. Finally, visual “thinking” models are not just an aid to scientific data, they are designs that can reveal natural or physical processes.

Along with the exhibition, EMU will host a round-table discussion with exhibition participants Audrey Speyer, Diana Nicholas, and Jason Ferguson, to be led by University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design professor Deepa Butoliya and EMU biology professor Brian Connolly. There is also co-programming with Science Gallery Detroit (SGD) on September 12 (detroit.sciencegallery.com/events), in which exhibition participant Audrey Speyer will present her mycoremediation project PuriFungi. Mycoremediation is a bioremediation process in which fungi-based technology is used to decontaminate the environment. SGD is part of Michigan State University and an international consortium of science gallery labs.

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Date:

Wednesday, Sep. 11th

Time:

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Venue

EMU Student Center, University Gallery

900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Event Category Exhibition